It’s Thanksgiving

You may not understand this, but I'm telling you on this Thanksgiving to round out your life.  Don't be all about the fire service.  One of the lessons I learned in my life is that people who spend all their time thinking about one thing become shallow and boring.  They turn in on themselves.  If God forbid there is ever a setback for them in that arena, their entire existence shuts down.  

Open yourself to new experiences, even those that might not sound immediately appealing to you.  Take in a play or even go to a Broadway show.  Enroll in a class on art appreciation.  Go feed the homeless.

Why lock yourself into one existence when there is so much to experience in the world? Go out on a limb.  Try something different.  As Zhuge Liang told his students, "Understand not only the martial but the arts and the humanities."  The great generals of all time knew this.  They examined the life worth living.

When you take a day off, take it off.  Don't answer pages, don't run calls. See what there is to see and don't worry about what you think you should worry about.  You have to empty the bucket in order to put more in; if the bucket is always full, you can't add more.  So forget about what you think you need to be focusing on and let in something else for a while.  

Today is a day for you to be grateful for what you have and for you to appreciate those around you.  I'm assuming that if you are reading this, you have an internet connection and power. I'm assuming you have a roof over your head and it's warm where you are. If you have a device for viewing this, you probably aren't struggling to put food on the table.

So be grateful and thankful and share your thanks with those who surround you.  Don't ever lose sight of the fact that there are many who are thankful and have much less than you.

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